Farmhouse Loft Makeover

I really love my house.  It's very open and the biggest reason is because above the kitchen is a loft which is open to the downstairs.  We've used this room as a playroom for my kids but it's always been a huge embarrassment to me.  It's the first thing you see when you go upstairs and it's an eyesore.  Not anymore!   Before:  Before I fixed it up, we had our old super stained couch that looked absolutely dreadful.  We had a TV … [Read more...]

My Birth Story #4

On May 10th, at 1:40 pm, I welcomed my fourth child into the world.  It was a beautiful experience, one of my best birth stories.  And it's going to be long and detailed. The weeks leading up to his birth were torturous.  Each day dragged on, despite my attempts to fill each day with fun and productive activities.  I'd made a bunch of freezer meals, taken my kids to museums, parks, and gardens.  I'd met with friends for lunch and bought all … [Read more...]

20 Things for Postpartum Recovery

I know this is primarily a DIY blog, but the only thing I've been DIY-ing lately is a ginormous baby growing inside me.  This is my fourth baby and it's been fun to be pregnant again after four years.  I'm 36 weeks now and hopefully this babe will be born in the next three weeks because MAN I'M HUGE.  I've been stocking up on all the stuff I'll need right after the baby is born and I realized how much there is just for a postpartum mama!  There … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Bangles

Mother's Day is coming up quick!  It can be really hard to know what to get your Mom when it might feel like she already has everything she wants.  But really, can a girl have too much jewelry?  An easy Mother's Day gift idea is to buy some wooden bangles and paint them to customize them in her favorite colors! I love how cute and custom this gift idea is.  Or you could do this as a craft for a girl's birthday party or something.  Want … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Hearth

Everyone loves decorating their mantels and there are lots of great inspirational pictures out there to help you do it.  I love my new mantel so much but it's still hard to decorate right now because there is a ginormous TV above it.  We are still planning to plank above this mantel and center the TV above it (we have to keep the TV for my husband, he is adamant!) but I want to build some type of door to go over it so it doesn't look like we … [Read more...]